Teenage Cancer Trust patron, Sarah, Duchess of York

“I have been a Teenage Cancer Trust patron for over twenty years and I have seen it grow and develop, building many impressive units all across the UK. This unit not only showcases Teenage Cancer Trust’s design expertise at its absolute best but also highlights the foresight it had in developing a service that lets young people have more freedom and responsibility for their treatment.”

Official opening for outpatient unit

Our patron Sarah, Duchess of York alongside lifelong supporters TRH Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, officially opened our first specialist outpatient facility for young cancer patients.

Situated in University College Hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Centre which offers the most advanced service of its kind in the UK - this groundbreaking facility provides day and ambulatory care treatment and outpatient consultation for patients aged 13 to 24 from across London and the surrounding areas.

Taking 18 months to construct and three years to raise a staggering £2.6 million, the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub, is one of the largest we’ve built within an NHS hospital. This unique facility now enables the charity to be at the forefront of developing new and innovative treatments for young patients without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.

Unlike an ordinary hospital ward, the Hub has been exclusively designed to bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment designed just for them.

The Teenage Cancer Trust Hub is bright and vibrant featuring impressive graffiti artwork. There are eight treatment pods, various treatment and consulting rooms and a spacious social area. This includes a gym, DJ booth, computer gaming space, education zone, a family area and cafe.

We’re also funding two staff - an ambulatory care lead nurse who is responsible for developing the transition of care given traditionally as an inpatient into this new setting and a youth support coordinator. The youth support coordinator helps young people share their experiences and fears with each other and encourages them to socialise by arranging activities and outings.

The official opening of the Hub now complements our existing inpatient unit in the main University College Hospital site, which has been supporting young people with cancer since it opened in 2005. On-going support and donations are now needed to maintain both facilities, fund the specialist staff and support the work of the charity’s free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across London.

Find out more about the unit.

Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust

“Today is a momentous day for the charity. Not only is this our 25th Teenage Cancer Trust unit but it’s also our first day treatment centre. This opening wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the incredible, tireless support we have received from local communities, trusts, foundations and of course patients and their families. Special thanks and recognition also goes to our key corporate fundraising partners for their big financial contribution which includes Arsenal Football Club, Nomura, Help A Capital Child, Sociètè Gèneralè, Sony Music and Home Retail Group.”

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal FC

“It is always fantastic to see the impact that Arsenal has in its local community and everyone at the Club can feel very proud that they have contributed to this wonderful new facility that will help to support these young patients. The dedication of everyone involved with our charity partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust in 2008/9 was phenomenal and it is great to finally see the end product of our staff and supporters’ generosity.”

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